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Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of the Value of Online Discussions: A Comparison between Education and Engineering Students
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, Purdue University, United States ; , Middle East Technical University, Turkey ; , , , Purdue University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This study was designed to determine how undergraduate students in an introductory educational technology course (n=360) and an introductory computer engineering course (n=155) at a large Mid-western university responded to the use of online discussions as part of their course activities. Data were collected via online surveys and course discussion boards. After participating in three-five online discussions, spread across the semester, the students shared their perceptions regarding the usefulness of the course discussions to their learning as well as their confidence for engaging in these discussions. Students described both benefits and limitations and provided suggestions for using discussions in more meaningful ways. Comparisons between groups (which will occur at the end of the semester) will enable us to identify and target students' unique needs and concerns.

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Ertmer, P., Gedik, N.T., Richardson, J., Yang, D. & Newby, T. (2008). Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of the Value of Online Discussions: A Comparison between Education and Engineering Students. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 366-371). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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